Wynonna Judd Opens Up About Feeling “Helpless” In Wake Of Losing Naomi

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American country music singer Wynonna Judd is having a terribly hard time dealing with her mother’s recent suicide. Naomi Judd, mother to Wynonna as well as actress Ashley Judd, committed suicide this past April by gunshot to the head.

Wynonna and Naomi were set to travel on tour together. The entire situation has left her feeling helpless. Wynonna recently posted to Instagram about her struggles.

“Checking in.

“There is so much happening in the world right now. So before I sat down to write this, I thought, ‘No…I just don’t know what to say.’ Then, I heard the words from my life coach asking me, ‘What do you know?’ And I began to cry.


“I DO know, that the pain of losing Mom on 4/30 to suicide is so great, that I often feel like I’m not ever going to be able to fully accept and surrender to the truth that she left the way she did. This cannot be how The Judds story ends.”

Making matters worse, Wynonna’s first grandchild was born only 16 days prior to her mom’s death. She addresses this as well.

“I DO know, that in order to be a healthier grandparent to my firstborn grandchild Kaliyah, {born 4/13, 2 weeks & 2 days before Mom left}, to break the cycle of addiction & family dysfunction, that I must continue to show up for myself {first} and do the personal healing work. I know that it is a simple steps program, and those steps are not easy to take at times. Therefore, I’ve made a commitment to keep doing the ‘next right thing,’ and schedule weekly appointments so that I continue with the ongoing work, even when I have good days.”

Wynonna went on to admit that she feels helpless but is committed to honoring her mother’s legacy by continuing to sing.

“I DO know, that I feel so helpless—right now especially.

“I DO know, that as corny as it sounds, ‘Love Can Build A Bridge.’ I find myself humming the song that Mom wrote for the fans, to myself here on the farm at night.

“I really DO know, that I’m not able to do this grieving thing all by myself, and that it’s okay to reach out for help. I will continue to fight for my faith, for my SELF, for my family, and I WILL continue to show up & sing.”

Wynonna is going to continue to the 11-date national tour originally planned for her and her mother. It will be a memorial tour now, as the other half of the duo has left us.

Naomi Judd was open about her mental health battles prior to her passing. She told Good Morning America that she suffered from “severe depression.” Naomi once told Megyn Kelly TODAY that she had tried measures like pharmaceuticals and electroshock therapy to treat her condition.

Naomi Judd passed away at the age of 76.

On Naomi’s Legacy obituary, there is a message for anyone else who may be struggling with mental health battles.

“If someone you know exhibits warning signs of suicide, they should not be left alone. Call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255. The Lifeline provides free, confidential support for people in crisis or emotional distress, 24/7 year-round. The Lifeline also offers an online chat for people who prefer to reach out online rather than by phone.”

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